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Contemporary British children's fiction and cosmopolitanism

Contemporary British children's fiction and cosmopolitanism

McCulloch, Fiona, author

This book visits contemporary British children's and young adult (YA) fiction alongside cosmopolitanism, exploring the notion of the nation within the context of globalization, transnationalism and citizenship. By resisting globalization's dehumanizing conflation, cosmopolitanism offers an ethical, humanitarian, and political outlook of convivial planetary community. In its pedagogical responsibility towards readers who will become future citizens, contemporary children's and YA fiction seeks to interrogate and dismantle modes of difference and instead provide aspirational models of empathetic world citizenship. McCullough discusses texts such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potterseries, Jackie Kay's Strawgirl, Theresa Breslin's Divided City, Gillian Cross's Where I Belong, Kerry Drewery's A Brighter Fear, Saci Lloyd's Momentum, and Julie Bertagna's Exodustrilogy. This book addresses ways in which children's and YA fiction imagines not only the nation but the world beyond, seeking to disrupt binary divisions through a cosmopolitical outlook. The writers discussed envision British society's position and role within a global arena of wide-ranging topical issues, including global conflicts, gender, racial politics, ecology, and climate change. Contemporary children's fiction has matured by depicting characters who face uncertainty just as the world itself experiences an uncertain future of global risks, such as environmental threats and terrorism. The volume will be of significant interest to the fields of children's literature, YA fiction, contemporary fiction, cosmopolitanism, ecofeminism, gender theory, and British and Scottish literature

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Published New York, New York; London, [England: Routledge, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Fiona McCulloch
ISBN: 1317573951, 9781138828308, 9781317573951
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (213 pages).
Series: Children's Literature and Culture
Subject: Children's stories, English History and criticism.; Cosmopolitanism in literature.; English fiction 21st century History and criticism.
Series Title: Children's literature and culture.


  1. Introduction 1. 'We're All Human, Aren't We?'
  2. Cosmopolitics in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter2. 'People and their Differences'
  3. Cosmofeminism in Jackie Kay's Strawgirl3. 'You Are a Team':Reconfiguring Community in Theresa Breslin'sDivided City4. 'We're all Connected'
  4. Transnational Journeys in Gillian Cross's Where I Belong5. 'Hope Amongst This Madness'
  5. Peace Building in Kerry Drewery's A Brighter Fear6. 'We Must Fight for a New Future'
  6. Envisioning Tomorrow's World in Saci Lloyd's Momentum7. 'A New Home in the World'
  7. Nomadic Writing and World Citizenship in Julie Bertagna's ExodusTrilogy Conclusion

Author note

Fiona McCulloch is Head of English at the University of Bradford, UK.